Yes it has been a trying year but I am ready to move and look forward to 2021.
It is still going to be a time of surprise’s, diligence and living life with cautious optimism. But really, haven’t we always lived our lives with those terms in mind? We try to do our best, look after our families and are cautious what we spend, eat, drink and how we live our best life.
I am going to think the way I want to go, stay calm and try my best and trust that it will all work out. What else can we do? We have to be cautious to not catch Covid-19 and follow directed health protocols, but I am not going to stop living.
Don’t get me wrong, I am Type 1 Diabetic and and ex smoker, so I probably would not survive Covid, but there are many safe things I can do to still keep moving forward, keep myself occupied and enjoy life.
One of my goals with SEEDS was to introduce more vitamins into the diets of the people of Zambia by introducing different fruits and vegetables that they could grow. As many countries in our world, people eat what is the easiest and available to them for a price they can afford and cook what recipes have been passed down to them.
There are many great recipes using local foods around the world and I have a few suggestions here to add great flavour to easily available foods that can be made at a low cost to the people of Zambia who live daily with a limited budget.
Here is one example: Sweet Potatoe & Kidney Bean Hummus
1-2 ( 390 grams) Sweet potatoes, whole, raw
2 cloves garlic, skin on
1 cup kidney beans or similar beans soaked overnight or brought to a boil in water until soft.
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice ( about 1/2 large lemon or more to taste)
1/4 tsp Cumin, ground
Cumin is an earthy, aromatic spice that brings citrusy notes to a recipe. If you’re in a pinch, there are many great alternatives that you might already have in your pantry. Caraway seeds and ground coriander most closely mimic cumin’s flavor, while curry and chili powders already contain cumin in their blends.
2tsp Tahini/sesame paste, plain
If you cannot find Tahini pre made here is the recipe https://www.daringgourmet.com/how-to-make-homemade-tahini-paste/#wprm-recipe-container-41100.
Note: we are growing sesame seeds at SEEDS-Mongu and in Kaoma and Kalabo that you need for the Tahini.
Looking for a Substitute for Tahini?Here Are 6 Delicious Options
- DIY tahini. The good news is that tahini is actually super simple to make and the homemade stuff is the best substitute for the store-bought variety. …
- Sunflower seed butter. …
- Cashew and almond butter. …
- Peanut butter. …
- Greek yogurt. …
- Roasted sweet red peppers
- roasted beets
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F or get what ever oven ready
- Pierce sweet potatoe skins on 3 sides with a fork and place on an oven or fire proof pan. Roast until very tender and cut in half after roasting, then cool enough to handle. Peel and feed skins to your animals.
- also roast garlic cloves (skin intact) along with the sweet potatoes ( 15-20 minutes). Cool and then peel. Trim stem end if necessary.
- stir Tahini well and get kidney beans ready
- Combine all ingredients, mash well until smooth
- serve right away as a dip for fresh vegetables like beans, carrots, cooked okra, eggplant or cassava.
- top with shopped spring onions if desired.
This would be great served with raw beans, carrots, roasted maize, okra or along side your relish or on a bun.
More recipes to follow-Enjoy